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Every believer has an important role to play in the body of Christ

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Today we are going to get into one of my most favorite portions of Scripture in the whole Bible
There is more packed into these 3 chapters that I could every unpack
I really see as the pattern God layed down for How the Church is to operate in the gifts He has given,
So to remind you the foundation of everything this builds on:
We have the great Commandment
Mark 12:29–31 NASB95
Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ “The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:29-
We then have the Great Commission
Matthew 28:18–20 NASB95
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16–20 NASB95
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew
Matthew 28:16-20
Our Motivation & Method is Love; Our Mission is to Make disciples
God has called His people to make disciples
God expects us to be in the process of making disciples
I’ve shared with you my extreme vision for this Church
Now over the next while I will show you How God intends us to fulfill His destiny
I believe the Method God laid out for us to see this Church reach it’s destiny
Is the Activation and Operation of every member in the Gifts of the Spirit to carry out the great Commandment and the Great Commission
Chapters 12, 13, 14 Of 1 Corinthians deals specifically with the use of Spiritual gifts
These 3 chapters can be viewed as the 3 tests for spiritual gifts
Is it Christ Centered ( )
Is it done in Love ()
Does it Edify the Church (
Now before you begin to panic, we are not going to get through all this today
But we will be spending some time here,
This will be our focus over the next few months as we lay the foundation of this amazing church
So can I ask you to do something?
Can you make an effort to read these chapters weekly for the next few months?
I really believe it will help us as a church to focus on what God has in store for this congregation
In this chapter The apostle Paul covers
Spiritual Gifts
Idol Worship
Holy Spirit
Ministry
Baptism
Membership
Importance of everyone
Church Leadership
And a introduction to Love being primary
All that chalked up in 1 chapter
Words of wisdom: “There’s a fine line between a long, drawn-out sermon and a hostage situation.”
Some background on Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth
Paul writes this letter to the church at Corinth because there is a problem
The problem can be summarized as Freedom verses Responsibility
Freedom had become the focus, and Responsibility has been pushed to the side.
“I am free to do whatever I want”
This mindset has overtaken the Corinthian Church and Paul writes them a letter to put them back on track
Kinda reminds you of our current cultural norms doesn’t it?
We must be careful to defend our Church against such circumstances
this becomes clear in
1 Corinthians 14:29 NASB95
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
Many modern Christians use this verse to squash prophesy in the Church,
what they are missing is the reason why Paul said this.
In the Corinthian Church, everyone wanted to prophesy, and at the same time.
They focused on their freedom to use their gifting, and forgot about the responsibility of that gift
The purpose of the Gift was to edify the church. but the way they were operating in the gift did not edify anything except the one speaking
Its like 10 people stood up and began talking all at the same time.....doesn’t work!
Paul was not trying to diminish prophesy, but rather bring it into order, so that it would be beneficial to all.
Prophesy Yes, but then take the time to flush it out. Is it really a word from God? is so what should we do about it.
1 Corinthians is Paul’s attempt to bring order to a church that got so excited about Spiritual gifts they became a unintelligible noise
He encourages the use of Gifts, but also recognizes there is an order to it
Today let’s do an overview of Chapter 12
We are going to spend some time here,
This will be our focus over the next few months
So can I ask you to do something?
Can you make an effort to read this passage of scripture 1/ week for the next few months?
1 Corinthians 12 NASB95
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware. You know that when you were pagans, you were led astray to the mute idols, however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.
Wow, everybody got all that!
If not lets watch this video
An Animated | We are the Body of Christ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA5Rj7YcN-I
Now to further expand on this passage let’s give you some background on Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth
Paul writes this letter to the church at Corinth because there is a problem
The problem is Freedom verses Responsibility
Freedom has become the focus, and Responsibility has been pushed to the side.
This mindset has overtaken the Corinthian Church and Paul writes them a letter to put them back on track
Kinda reminds you of our current cultural norms doesn’t it?
We must be careful to defend our Church against such circumstances
this becomes clear in
1 Corinthians 14:29 NASB95
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others pass judgment.
1 Cor 14:29
Many modern Christians use this verse to squash prophesy in the Church,
what they are missing is the reason why Paul said this.
In the Corinthian Church, everyone wanted to prophesy, and at the same time.
They focused on their freedom to use their gifting, and forgot about the responsibility of that gift
Paul was not trying to diminish prophesy, but rather bring it into order, so that it would be beneficial to all.
Prophesy Yes, but then take the time to flush it out. Is it really a word from God? is so what should we do about it.
1 Corinthians is Pauls attempt to bring order to a church that got so excited about Spiritual gifts they became a unintelligible noise
So today I want to focus on 1 specific aspect of the Church. and that’s:
Body Works
and that’s Body Works
This passage has alot to say about how the body of Christ should operate.
Your Past does not matter
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
Your gift is not inferior to any body else’s
For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body.
Everyone plays a vital role in the success of this mission of this church
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And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
We are all in this together
And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.
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